11 Dec 2019 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 20 May 2019 n° 55/2019 Turkey

Journalist İdris Özyol Severely Beaten Up

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CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
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On 15 May 2019, Turkish journalist İdris Özyol was assaulted by unidentified men outside his newspaper’s building, Akdeniz'de Yeni Yüzyıl, in Antalya, southwest Turkey. He was hospitalised due to injuries to his head, hands and chest. According to reports, Özyol previously received threats from a local politician, in retaliation to his journalistic work. In a letter addressed to the Turkish President, 20 international media freedom organisations urged him to openly condemn the attacks on journalists and to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.
Updates
09 Dec 2019
On 2 December 2019, Idris Özyol was found unconscious in the street in Antalya and rushed to hospital where he was diagnosed with a brain haemorrhage.
Follow-ups
11 Dec 2019
Worried about reports that journalist İdris Özyol was found unconscious on the street, OSCE Media Freedom Representative hopes that the investigation will determine the cause of the accident.
17 May 2019
OSCE Media Freedom Representative deplores physical attacks on journalists in Turkey, urges authorities to swiftly bring all responsible to justice.
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